About the Editor

I marshal the middle between Mathers and McLuhan.

I’m an aging BMX/skateboard zine kid. That’s where I learned to turn events and interviews into pages with staples. The pages and staples have long since given way to text-links and scrollbars, but the rest is basically the same. I still ride bikes, and I still skateboard. I do still commit quite a bit to actual pages, too.

My main project from 1997 to 2007 was frontwheeldrive.com. With this site, I established myself as what Disinformation called, “One of the Internet’s leading interviewers of subculture and new-science icons.” I hold a Ph.D. in Communication Studies from The University of Texas at Austin. Prior to graduate work, I earned a bachelor’s degree in Social Science, and spent over twenty years working as a writer, editor, and designer both on- and off-line. I have written about technology, science, music, and culture for everything from glossy national magazines and regional weeklies to hometown newspapers and homegrown ‘zines, and I have consulted for such diverse organizations as Microsoft, Nike, WIRED, MSN Music, ESPN, the United States Army, Xbox, and Zero Skateboards. I have also guest lectured at such universities as The University of Washington, San Diego State University, The University of Illinois-Chicago, and The University of Texas at Austin, as well as spoken at events like SXSW, SF MusicTech, and Geekend.

Follow for Now: Interviews with Friends and Heroes (Well-Red Bear, 2007), presumably the reason you’re reading this, is my first book. Disinformation named it one of the most important books published in 2007, and Erik Davis called it “a crisp and substantial remix of the major memes of the last decade or so.” My latest book is Dead Precedents: How Hip-Hop Defines the Future (Repeater, 2019), an exploration of the connections between cyberpunk and hip-hop and what that means for the culture of the now.

Here’s the interview with me that serves as the Introduction to Follow for Now.

Publicity contact:

Jessie Duquette: jessie(at)followfornow(dot)com

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